Patti Austin Not Chasing the Mainstream
May 31, 2007 | Posted by: The Associated Press | Full story: The Associated Press
“The stars aligned with that project, because we weren't anticipating any kind of major sales from it. It's very specific, it's for a very specific audience ... We knew it was not going to be like, 'Thriller,'”
If anyone deserves to be a salty about a lack of career recognition, it's Patti Austin.
The 56-year-old singer, who grew up in the business and had Quincy Jones and Dinah Washington as godparents, is renowned for her voice _ elegant and sumptuous, refined yet soulful. She has charmed millions through pop hits (the classic 'Baby Come To Me' with James Ingram is arguably her biggest hit), commercial jingles, R&B albums and jazz discs.
But unlike, say, Diana Krall, Austin doesn't have a Grammy or a platinum album. And unlike Madeleine Peyroux, she isn't a top-seller among the Starbucks set. She's far from a household name, even though it seems that she should be _ a rare mainstream profile by '60 Minutes II' a couple of years back lamented that Austin was one of music's underappreciated treasures. Read more
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